Department Head in Biological & Ecological Engineering at Oregon State University
Oregon State University
Hydrological Sciences (HS)
Soil System Sciences (SSS)
The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Department Head Position in Biological & Ecological Engineering. This positions is located in Corvallis, Oregon.
The Biological & Ecological Engineering Department is devoted to the application of engineering, ecological and life-science principles and problem-solving techniques to the optimum use and sustainability of ecological resources. The department seeks to integrate human activities with the natural environment to the benefit of both. With undergraduate and graduate options, we bring the insights from earth sciences, hydrology, and biology and the methods of engineering together to provide the products and tools of the future. Our departmental culture is inclusive and values a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds, faculty excellence in research, teaching, and mentoring, that promotes student success in academics and in life. We hope to attract applicants from underrepresented groups to add to the diversity of the department.
The Biological & Ecological Engineering Department consists of 10 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 4 professional faculty, administrative, and support staff members, 9 Faculty Research Assistants/Associates, Senior Researchers, and Postdoctoral Scholars, 28 Graduate students, and ~100 undergraduates. The department offers a B.S. in an ABET accredited Ecological Engineering program, as well as an M.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. Biological & Ecological Engineering.
The Department’s academic degree programs are administered by the College of Engineering through a partnership with the College of Agricultural Sciences. Furthermore, the Department contains numerous areas of research, teaching and outreach collaboration between the two colleges. Therefore, the Department Head also has the responsibility (approximately 20% woven through all areas of position duties) to foster, manage and lead the collaboration of the Department as well as its programs and people with the relevant offices and programs in the College of Engineering.
The Department Head provides overall administrative leadership to the Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering for all of its education, research and Extension functions. These functions include administration, research, and teaching. The Department Head is responsible for ensuring the delivery of high standards of teaching, research, and extension by faculty and for managing, administering, and coordinating the operations of the Department. The Department Head reports directly to the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and makes management decisions, usually in consultation with the Executive Associate Dean or Associate Deans, affecting programs, budget, staffing, and related matters..
The incumbent will design, develop, maintain and/ or carry out programs to ensure that all people have equal employment opportunities and equal program participation opportunities regardless of their race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, disability, and disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran status. Additional service will include participation in departmental, college, and university committees, support to professional activities, and a contribution to the community at large.
Successful candidates will also teach graduate and/or undergraduate level class(es) and provide outreach/training opportunities within the state. Creative strategies to foster student success and diversity are important aspects of these positions.